At its heart, Hospicare & Palliative Care Services is a community organization, supported by and providing service to our friends and neighbors throughout Cortland and Tompkins counties. We could not fulfill our mission of supporting those dealing with serious illness, or grieving a loss without the aid and involvement of our community. The annual Hospicare Recognition Luncheon is a time to come together and show our appreciation for those contributions.
We’re excited to announce that Amy Dickinson will be our keynote speaker. A native of Freeville, Dickinson is a nationally known author. Her latest book is Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Coming Home. She also writes the syndicated column “Ask Amy,” which is read by an estimated 22 million readers daily.
We will also be presenting two honors:
The Small Comforts Foundation, Ltd. will receive the Dr. R. Roy Coats Compassionate Care Award. This award is given to a caregiver or group of caregivers/agency, for consistently providing exceptional, compassionate care to Hospicare patients, allowing them to live their lives as fully as possible. Small Comforts is a local non-profit foundation “dedicated to funding and administering programs to raise the morale and or quality of life for people of all ages living with chronic illness.” Our Hospicare patients have been beneficiaries of Small Comforts compassion and generosity many times over the past 13 years. Some of the items they have funded include air conditioners for patients who didn’t have AC in their homes; a juicer so a patient could have fresh, nourishing juice; and warming gloves for a patient’s arthritic hands.
Charles Guttman will receive the Hospicare Volunteer Honor in appreciation of his 30 years of service to Hospicare. The Volunteer Honor is given to an individual volunteer or board or committee member who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to Hospicare and its mission. Chuck has volunteered as a member of the Hospicare board of directors or Foundation Board, and as an an advisor to the executive director on legal issues. Chuck has also co-chaired the Hospicare Ethics Committee.
We invite you to join us for this special time to celebrate the people, groups and organizations who make compassionate end-of-life care possible. Seating is limited, so reserve your seat today!